|ISGM Podcast: The Concert #5 - Chopin's Piano Fireworks - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum|
When you hear Chopin’s études, you can tell that he was a virtuosic pianist himself, and intimately familiar with the piano. Études are short but challenging studies meant to stretch the pianist’s technical boundaries and develop his technique. But Chopin’s etudes challenged not only his own playing ability, but also his compositional ingenuity. Chopin wrote the first of these etudes when he was only 19 years old, and they were published when he was just 23...
Keywords: Gardner Museum; museum; podcast; the concert; classical music; Chopin; Cecile Licad
|ISGM Podcast: The Concert #10 - Parlor Orchestra - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum|
Chopin and Liszt were two of the greatest pianist/composers of the Romantic era, and both got their start at intimate salons and private soirees, where a pianist would play for the small group gathered. A dazzling technique was particularly prized at these recitals. As the piano itself evolved to be capable of making a bigger sound, pieces written for the instrument increasingly called on the pianist to sound like an entire orchestra, with a range of dynamics, emotions and articulations...
Keywords: Gardner Museum; museum; podcast; the concert; classical music; Chopin; Liszt; Cecile Licad